Florida Chamber asks: Is state ready for a 21st century global economy?

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Business and education leaders from throughout Florida are gathering in Orlando today at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Education Summit to answer one question: Is Florida ready for a 21st century global economy? The summit, available via LIVE STREAM and on @IsFLReady, features the state’s leading business and education thought leaders, and is spearheaded by one of the state’s brightest policy minds – uber wonk Tony Carvajal. 

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart, along with Jane Adams of the University of Florida, Dr. Ed Moore of the Independent College & Universities of Florida, Chris Hart of Workforce Florida, Inc., and more are among the day-long featured speakers and panelists. 

“Our changing global economy means that Florida students are competing for high-wage jobs at an increasing rate,” said Carvajal, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber Foundation. “We must ensure that Florida’s education system is working to develop skills that students need in order for them to compete for jobs that will fuel Florida’s future economy.” 

Increasing student achievement matters to Florida’s economic progress and future growth, according to education metrics outlined within the Florida Scorecard Stat

“I’m proud to be part of this essential discussion and I look forward to exploring meaningful solutions to Florida’s greatest education challenges,” said Dr. Ed Moore, President of the Independent Colleges & Universities of Florida. “The policy decisions that our state is making will influence generations to come. We must make the best decisions possible, investing in our talent pipeline to secure a bright future for Florida.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.